It’s official — Spring is here at long last. While most welcome the warmth, rebirth, and sunshine, many are wary of the impending seasonal allergy symptoms. Check out the tips below for insight to help prevent allergy symptoms, and provide allergy relief.
“The key to surviving spring allergies is knowing what triggers your symptoms,” said allergist James Sublett, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Here are tips from ACAAI to help you find relief and enjoy spring.
1. The feel of cotton: For allergy suffers, not all clothing materials are created equal. Research shows that when synthetic fabrics rub against one another, they create an electrical charge that attracts pollen, which, as it turns out, is also electrically charged.
2. Adjust your workout routine: After months indoors, you can’t wait to exercise outside. However, exercising causes you to breathe more deeply and inhale the pollen that affects your allergy symptoms. Exercise outdoors when pollen counts are at their lowest – before dawn and in the late afternoon or early evening.
3. Garden smart: Think your spring allergies are going to force you to quit gardening? Think again. Taking an antihistamine about half an hour before you head outside will help. Avoid touching your eyes, and be sure to wash your hands, hair and clothing once you go back indoors.
4. Take something a little stronger: Over-the-counter options can be beneficial for those suffering from mild allergies. However, people suffering from more severe allergies will benefit from seeing an allergist. “An allergist will help you develop an action plan with ways to avoid allergy triggers and determine what treatment is best for your individual needs,” says Dr. Sublett. Many severe allergy sufferers find relief in immunotherapy.
5. Eliminate uninvited guests: You can make your spring allergies more bearable by limiting your exposure to indoor allergens. Vacuum your furniture, leave your shoes by the door, shower frequently, cover your floors with washable throw rugs and use a dehumidifier to limit your mold exposure.